Sport Roger Bannister celebrates with Chris Chataway in 1954 as he becomes the first man to run a sub-four minute mile

Sir Chris Chataway, the former world-record runner, acted as pacemaker to help Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile barrier. And he achieved so much more

People will try to reduce Mandela to a lilting reggae tune about ‘love’. They will fail

Mandela was about politics and race - and even force

A poster of Nelson Mandela on which mourners have written their messages of condolence and support, in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg

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To mark the passing of a statesman abundantly blessed with spontaneity, mourners danced as he would have wished

Nelson Mandela: IOC to lower Olympic flag for three days in mark of respect after death of former South African President

Mandela passed away aged 95 and IOC president Thomas Bach has confirmed the governing body will pay their respects to Mandela in lowering the Olympic flag

Nelson Mandela addresses a crowd during a statue unveiling ceremony in his honour in 2007

Nelson Mandela life story: A heavyweight with a light touch

Mandela's greatest legacy may be his profound commitment to democracy

Tony Blair, Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton in July 2003

Nelson Mandela set standards which his successors have not been able to live up to

South Africa’s first post-apartheid leader went out of way to instill respect for democratic institutions

February 1998: Nelson Mandela (L) hugs British supermodel Naomi Campbell in front of American actress Mia Farrow, British model Kate Moss (second from left) and model Christy Turlington

Nelson Mandela's place in history

He was the world leader all others looked up to

A life less ordinary: Katlego, one of the subjects of '28 Up South Africa'

Nelson Mandela on 'deathbed' says daughter Makaziwe Mandela

Mr Mandela, 95, is receiving home-based medical care after being discharged from hospital in September

Book review: Double Negative, By Ivan Vladislavić

An incandescent South African novel that travels from apartheid to democracy

Watch: George Galloway accused of racism by Oxford student waving Israeli flag

George Galloway’s constant thirst for fresh controversy reared again at the Oxford Union last night, when he was accused of racism during a heated debate by a student brandishing an Israeli flag.

Police check the bodies of miners after opening fire on the strikers outside the Nkageng settlement last August

Police in South Africa 'lied about killing 34 miners' during pay strikes

Commission of inquiry finds police falsified and withheld documents and gave fabricated accounts of events in August last year

Nelson Mandela has not left hospital for home despite media reports, says presidency

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has not returned home, and is still in hospital, the country's presidency has told a South African news agency.

Nelson Mandela remains in critical but stable condition in hospital

Nelson Mandela remains in 'critical but stable' condition in South Africa hospital

The South African government says former leader Nelson Mandela remains in critical but stable condition in hospital, though “medical interventions” are required because his health sometimes becomes unstable.

Desmond Tutu: 'I would not worship a God who is homophobic'

Desmond Tutu: 'I would not worship a God who is homophobic'

Cape Town's former archbishop compares struggle for gay rights to his fight against apartheid

Nelson Mandela 'to be discharged from hospital' claims former South African president Thabo Mbeki

Former President Thabo Mbeki says Mandela’s doctors will soon send him to recuperate at home

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